Kids and teens can learn how to become a marine biologist and study marine animals during the Aquarium’s Job Shadow and Junior Biologist programs

Do you know a budding marine biologist? The Junior Biologist series of programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific aims to encourage a love of science in seven- to twelve-year-old children. Each two-hour class includes activities related to the animal theme, a guided gallery tour, interaction with animal care staff behind the scenes, and a keepsake journal.


Students interested in learning about a career for a school assignment or pursuing a job in the animal care field can join the Aquarium’s Job Shadow series of classes. Four unique three-hour classes are offered to give teens ages thirteen through seventeen the inside scoop on a career in marine biology. Participants can sign up for the entire series or just one class. Job Shadow classes are led by Aquarium educators and include opportunities to interact with animal care staff members.


WHEN:           Junior Biologist dates and topics:

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Marine Mammals

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Invertebrates

Saturday, October 8, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Fish


Job Shadow dates and topics:

August 6 and 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Penguin and Lorikeet Biologist

September 3 and 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Mammalogist (mammal biologist)

October 1 and 16, 2016, 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m., Veterinarian



WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:            Junior Biologist: $29.00 per participant, $25.00 per Aquarium member. Aquarium admission not included.

Job Shadow: $39.00 per participant, $35.00 for Aquarium members. Aquarium admission is not included.


INFO:              For more information visit



AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

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